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Chamomile has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and stomach.
It is most effective when taken as a warm infusion (tea). Chamomile is a popular tea and it is estimated that over a million cups are consumed worldwide every day.
Camomile is completely safe for children and is a common remedy for "fussiness" related to colic, teething or earaches.
As a sedative and nervine agent, chamomile is valuable for reducing stress and irritability in adults, too. Matthew Wood says it is "for babies of any age." So, when you see someone complaining of minor pains or irritations think of Chamomile or Stress-J, a chamomile-based nervine formula.
A chemically complex herb, German chamomile contains sesquiterpine lactones, flavonoids, cyanogenic glycosides, bitter glycosides, coumarins, valerianic acids, tannins and angelic acid (a compound formerly used as a sedative). Chamomile also contains a blue-colored essential oil that is responsible for its distinctive fragrance. The oil contains proazulene and bisabolol, which are anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic.
Chamomile and particularly Chamomile essential oil are useful in the treatment of asthma and hay fever, because it reduces histamine levels and histamine induced reactions. It also relaxes muscle spasms, which eases breathing. With diaphoretic (sweat-stimulating) actions and its antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity, chamomile is also a useful remedy for colds, flu and fevers, and is in the cold formula CC-A.
Chamomile is a premier digestive remedy. It stimulates digestion, relieves intestinal gas, encourages a healthy appetite, relaxes the nerves and reduces inflammation. Chamomile is used to relieve colic, bloating, acid indigestion, upset stomach, nervous tension, insomnia and mild pain.
An important therapeutic benefit of chamomile is its ability to reduce intestinal inflammation. This property explains why chamomile is an important ingredient in Intestinal Sooth and Build and Everybody's Fiber.
The anti-inflammatory action of Chamomile makes it useful for skin disorders, including eczema, bedsores, skin inflammation caused by radiation therapy, and contact dermatitis (poison ivy). It also has a mild anti-bacterial action and is often used in creams, shampoos and other body care products.
Although chamomile is an extremely safe herb, the essential oil is for topical use and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Chamomile (100 caps)